Public Event to Address Vaccine Hesitancy in Windsor-Essex
WINDSOR, ON, February 3, 2021 - University of Windsor students in partnership with WE-SPARK Health Institute will be hosting a public event to address the hesitancy of receiving COVID-19 vaccines.

“As our region begins its roll out of the new COVID-19 vaccines, many in our community have expressed their hesitancies over the safety, efficacy and necessity of the vaccine” said lead organizer Zainab Taleb, Ph.D. student, Biomedical Sciences. "A recent survey released by Statistics Canada suggests that less than 60% of Canadians surveyed are confident in taking the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available. This event is the opportunity for the public to ask these questions directly to a panel of experts to learn more about how the new COVID-19 vaccines work, their ability to protect, and their overall safety.”

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Medical Officer of Health, WECHU
  • Dr. Corinna Quan, Head of Infectious Disease, Windsor Regional Hospital
  • Dr. Munir Rahim, Immunologist, University of Windsor
  • Dr. Phillip Karpowicz, Biomedical Scientist, University of Windsor
  • Dr. John Trant, Biochemist, University of Windsor

The event will be streamed live on WE-SPARK Health Institute’s Facebook page Friday February 19, 2021 at 6:00 PM.

Click here to register and to submit questions in advance.

Media Contact:

Cathy Mombourquette
WE-SPARK Health Institute
About WE-SPARK Health Institute
WE-SPARK Health Institute is a partnership between Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare, St. Clair College, Windsor Regional Hospital and the University of Windsor that brings together health research strengths, expertise, and infrastructure from across the Windsor-Essex region. Its mission is to enhance the health, well-being and care of people through transformative research and knowledge translation.